FAQs and Top Ten Questions


How do I get to the Inn and what do I need to bring?

We are a hike or bike in only facility, driving is only permitted when there is an ADA placard or special permission.


Each guest must bring his/her own sheets or sleeping bag, pillowcases, towel, soap, and flashlight. Pillows, blankets and comforters are provided in all the rooms and cabins.  Guests bring and prepare their own food and share the kitchen and dining facilities with the other guests. 

What about cell phones and electronic devices?

Cell phones are not permitted in any common areas.  The Inn has no radio, TV, computers, or wi-fi access, and no payphone.  There are board games, books, an upright piano for adult use, a windup Victrola phonograph with a large selection of 78's, a guitar, a banjo, binoculars, a telescope, and a horseshoe pit. Guests are welcome to bring their own musical instruments.




What time is Check-in and Check-out?

All guests must check in with the on duty Innkeeper between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. (PST) unless prior arrangements are made with the Innkeeper.  In all cases, guests are responsible for arriving at the Inn prior to sundown. The Inn is not responsible for informing guests of the MMWD or Park rules or for any fines imposed for after-hours hiking. Guests who arrive late without prior arrangement with the Innkeeper may be charged a late fee.


Check in Time:  3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. (Pacific Standard or Daylight Time)

Check out Time:    Tuesday - Sunday:   11:00 a.m.

Monday:                    9:00 a.m.


Contact the Innkeeper at (415) 388-9955 if you are going to be late or not show up for your reservation.


What is a Red Flag day?

Red Flag Days are days that the Fire Department declares Mt. Tamalpais closed due to high potential fire danger, which can be caused by dry conditions, wind, drought etc. We have no control over when or how often Red Flag days are declared, but once they are declared, we close the Inn to everyone.

The Inn is closed during “Red Flag” fire alerts announced by the MMWD and/or Fire District personnel.  .  In the event of closure of the Inn due to Red Flag fire alerts, the Innkeeper and Reservationist will attempt to contact overnight guests to inform them of the Inn closure.  All overnight fees for reservations canceled because of Red Flag fire alerts will be refunded. 


Is there indoor plumbing, hot water and heat?

Yes, there is indoor plumbing and hot water, but no electricity. Cabins do not have heating or hot water.

The Inn has fireplaces (winter use only) and propane heaters in the main floor Member’s Lounge and Hiker’s Parlor, however the Rooms upstairs are unheated.  Likewise, the Cabins are unheated and may be drafty on windy nights.  It can get very cold at the Inn, especially at night.  It is recommended that all guests bring warm clothing.


Are pets allowed?

No animals or other pets other than legally authorized service animals are permitted inside the Inn, rooms, cabins, or on the outside decks or porch at any time. Day hikers with dogs must keep their dogs leashed. The Inn does provide a doggie water bowl below the front deck.



Who runs the Inn and how does it being off the grid affect me?

Full-time innkeepers are on-site around the clock. The Inn uses propane to operate its lights and other equipment. Only the Innkeeper is allowed to turn the propane lights on and off. there are two propane heaters, one in the parlor and one in the member’s lounge. There are two fireplaces and plenty of firewood for use during certain times of the year, when permitted by the Fire department.  The bedrooms in the main building and cabins are not heated. Overnight guests and volunteers clean and maintain the Inn and its surroundings.

Can I have a wedding at the Inn?

No weddings,  bachelor/bachelorette parties, wedding events, wedding showers and loud, boisterous parties are allowed on the grounds or in the Inn.


What are the no-nos?
  • No smoking, candles, or open flames are permitted anywhere in the Inn or the surrounding grounds.  Barbequing is not allowed.

  • Guests are not allowed to light propane lights or heaters, or build fires. Only the Innkeeper is allowed to do this.

  • No Kegs are allowed.


How do I become a member?

Visit our "Want to join us" page for details. Members enjoy reduced overnight reservation rates, reserve rooms an extra month in advance of non-members,  receive a bi-monthly newsletter and participate in West Point Inn special events held throughout the year.